BROADWAY - LEGS DIAMOND
The performance company TripleVision, which I co-founded, was hired to conceive and design entire scenes of "black art" special effects for the Broadway show LEGS DIAMOND, a musical about the notorious gangster with book by Harvey Fierstein and Charles Suppon.
The use of our expertise on "black art" illusion -- where performers and machines that manipulate puppets and visual illusions are invisibly covered in black to create the effect of "live animation" -- was conceived to present scenes of gangster violence in a stylized and magical, even fanciful, manner.
After the workshop/backers production, where our greatly lauded sequences helped to raise the necessary funds for the show, my two colleagues dropped out and I went on to work on the actual Broadway production.
While the show was a flop with a short run, I had the enriching experience to work with some of the great Broadway talents of the time: David Mitchell/Sets; Willa Kim/Costume, Jules Fisher/Lighting and Harvey Fierstein/Book, as well as the wonderful cast.
Unfortunately I have no visual record to present, as video was not allowed during the Workshop production and there is minimal video of the actual Broadway production.